When looking into the various options before beginning your new treatment, it can be easy to think that the consultation is just an extra step in the process that you don't need. This is a common misconception that can potentially have a negative impact on your skin rather than an improvement.

Me Kay Cooper at the reception desk ready for consultation

You may feel like you are saving yourself some time and money - but that's not true. In fact, you’re more likely to waste time and money by not booking a consultation beforehand. A consultation is a very important part of any treatment, and here are some reasons why!

1. Check suitability

A consultant will be able to advise you on whether your planned treatment is the best choice for your needs and point you towards some better alternatives if it isn't. Whilst doing this you can properly discuss your needs and you may discover there are treatments you have yet to discover which are more suitable.

2. Medical history

Getting an idea of your medical history will be a key goal for your consultant to ensure the treatment that you receive is the healthiest option for your skin. Also, something in your medical history that may seem insignificant to you may actually be a key contributor to some ongoing skin conditions. It also defines your suitability, you may not be able some treatments because of certain medical conditions.

3. Patch testing

Patch tests are important to establish the best products to use on your skin. They are often used to detect any negative reactions your skin may have such as intolerances and allergies. Having a consultation will ensure that the product or procedure your specialist is going to use is safe and healthy for your skin.

4. Getting to know your specialist

If you are planning on having some long-term treatment done for you skin care needs, then you will end up spending a lot of time with your specialist. In this case, it would be important to work out if you gel with your specialist as this is also an important part of the overall experience. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a room not knowing what to say to someone because you have no common interests!

5. Getting your money’s worth

Getting the consultation will ensure that all of the above issues are fully addressed and the very best possible treatment, product, plan and specialists have been selected for you. You can rest assured that your money is being spent on top quality treatment in the capable hands of your skin care professional.

If you would like to learn more about booking a consultation and our various types of treatments, please contact the skin centre today to discuss. There are a wide range of treatments on offer such as hair removal, blemish removal and a variety of treatments. You can learn more about what we offer on the Treatment List page.

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Most hair removal options available to us today have some major downsides. Whether it’s the messiness of hair removal creams, the inefficiency and potential injuries involved in shaving, the inconvenience of waxing or the pain of epilation. Hair removal takes up a lot of our time. IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light is a treatment that permanently reduces unwanted body hair using wavelengths of filtered light. After a course of IPL, you can finally say goodbye to all the hassle of conventional hair removal – just think of how much time you’ll save!

The filters used in IPL mean it can specifically target the hair follicles within the skin, it’s impressive spot size makes it an industry leader in terms of speed and effectiveness for permanent hair reduction.

How does it work?

IPL uses special cut-off filters to target the hair follicles in the skin with pulses of specific light wavelengths. The energy from this light is converted to heat within the skin, causing controlled damage to the hair follicles. This makes the hair fall out and inhibits the growth of further hair in the follicle, which means that by the time your course of treatments is over, your skin will be smooth and virtually hair-free. Unlike waxing, there’s no recovery from redness to worry about either.

As with all permanent hair reduction, you may still get some regrowth, and hormonal changes can cause hair to regrow too. Any hair you do have will be much softer and far less noticeable than the hair that you used to have. You will require a course of treatments for best results, your therapist will be able to work with you to establish how many treatments you need to stay fuzz-free. IPL can be used all over the body including the legs, upper lip, back, arms, chin, bikini line and underarms.

What are the benefits?

Convenience is the ultimate benefit of IPL. No other hair procedure can beat it – a few sessions of IPL and you no longer have to worry about booking a wax at the exact right time before your holiday or missing a patch when you’re shaving in the shower. You’ll also never have to worry about potential shaving accidents, or the pain from epilation either! If you suffer from shave rash or have sensitive skin that doesn’t react well to wax or hair removal creams, IPL is definitely the choice for you, as IPL will help prevent ingrown hairs.

If you’re worried about pain, you’ll be glad to know that SkinBase IPL is pain-free. The sensation of IPL is best described as a warm, tingling feeling, which makes it a much more comfortable option than waxing or electrolysis. SkinBase IPL also utilises a special cryo-handset to cool the skin before treatment for ultimate comfort.

IPL hair removal is available here in Midsomer Norton. Contact Kay Cooper for a consultation now.

IPL hair removal

IPL hair removal before and after

Electrolysis Hair Removal for effective permanent removal of hair

Electrolysis Hair Removal is permanent

Electrolysis Hair Removal – Frequently Asked Questions

Even though electrolysis hair removal has been around since 1875. There are still many questions surrounding electrolysis and it is still unknown to many people.
During the consultations, I conduct there are a few questions that keep popping up. I thought I would write them out, so others can read and have an understanding of what electrolysis is and how it can help.

What is electrolysis?

Electrolysis hair removal is a technique where a probe is inserted into the hair follicle and an electrical current, either an alternating current (high frequency), direct current (galvanic) or both is then sent through the probe and will cauterise the blood flow to the hair. This will either weaken or destroy the hair.

How effective is electrolysis?

Electrolysis permanently destroys the growth cells of the hair follicle, preventing hairs from growing back.
Electrolysis is the only method of hair removal that is recognised as a permanent reduction by government officials and FDA. It is also the preferred method for transgender pre-operations.

How many treatments do I have to have?

This question is most regularly asked and there is no one specific answer. This can depend on the individual needs and medical background. Anyone with a few hairs on their chin, treatments will not take long. However, someone requiring their bikini line will take a lot longer. Anyone with a hormone imbalance may have more hair and need more time at more frequent intervals, as a posed to someone who hasn’t.

How often do I need to have treatment?

The initial treatments will need to at regular intervals to ensure that the hairs are treated in the growing stage, and help the treatment to be effective faster. I personally recommend that clients initially have treatments either weekly or fortnightly, depending on how many are there. Then to gage the hair growth rate from there and as the hairs gradually reduce so will the treatments.

Will the hair come back? No, the hair that has been electrolysed properly will have had the blood cauterised at the root, so it is not possible for it to come back.

However, there are 20-80 hairs in a square centimetre. Some hairs may look the same but may very well be different.

Does it hurt?

This question has many factors to it. First, this depends on your sensitivity, do you have a low pain threshold or high? Also, the area can be more sensitive, under your nose, can be uncomfortable.

The best description of the sensation is a heating of the skin at the point of the needle and sometimes can feel hotter than others. I have many clients that have found electrolysis ‘relaxing’ and have almost fallen asleep. Though I wouldn’t describe everyone’s experience like this.

I hope these questions help you to understand the treatment and will help you decide whether you feel electrolysis is suitable for you.

If you are still undecided and would like more information, please email or call me to arrange a consultation, where we can discuss a tailored plan for any of your requirements.

Bikini Waxing guide picture, different style types

So you finally pluck up the courage to ring a local salon and book a bikini wax. But when you do the lady on the other end asks you ‘which one?’ You panic and say normal one but really have no clue what different types there are! I have had many clients ask how many different types of bikini waxing for one area is there?! Well, let me help you.

Standard Bikini

First is your standard bikini wax. Where your normal underwear is kept on and the therapist will wax whatever hair is outside of the knicker line on the front and inside the thigh. This is for the more natural shape bikini.

High Leg Bikini

The next one is a high leg bikini wax. Which you will be expected to hold the sides of your underwear up to your hip to wax whatever is outside of the knickers then. This is great for going on holiday and wearing high leg swimsuits. This one is also known as the ‘French’ wax. The top is also taken off, for more of a tidy up.

Brazilian

Brazilian wax is the most popular wax. This will leave a ‘landing strip’ on the front about two inches wide and two inches high. From front to underneath (labia) will leave 2 inches of hair. And then wax around the back (bum)

Hollywood

And the last type of waxing available is the Hollywood. This is where no hair is left on the bikini area and all hair removed on the labia. All the hair around the backside is waxed off too.

The Wax?

Now the next question I get asked is, what are the different waxes you’re using? Well for the bikini area I use two different types of wax for the standard and high leg I use a warm wax. Which is applied with a spatula and removed with a strip of paper or it can be a cotton wax strip, as the wax can remove hair and dead skin this can be applied to any area of the body. However, for more sensitive areas the preferred wax is the hot wax as this is applied with a spatula and then hardens up and removed on its own. Oil is applied to the area before the wax is applied therefore the wax cannot remove the skin, so areas with thin skin are not damaged or bruised in any way.

I hope this helps to understand the intimate waxing and the diagram should help with what to expect your bikini area to look like after your
requested wax. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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